"Tannin Aquatics is more than just a purveyor of aquascaping materials. We’re a mood, an atmosphere, a space to be inspired. Our products support an earthy, organic canvas upon which you can express yourself through the art of aquascaping. We provide information, the muse, and natural materials for you to create blackwater and brackish microcosms which blur the lines between nature and aquarium." -Scott Fellman, Owner

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"Plug and Play?" No Way!

November 13, 2018

With so much going on in our botanical-style aquarium world, it's nice to continue to revisit some of the important concepts that will yield success for the widest variety of hobbyists. Now, let's be clear: There is no "plug and play" formula to follow- only "procedure." Only recommendations for how to approach things. We sound a bit like the proverbial "broken record"; however, like so many things in aquarium-keeping, our "best practices" are few, simple and need to be repeated until they simply become habit: 1) Prepare all botanicals prior to adding them to your aquarium.  2) Add botanical materials slowly and gradually, assessing the impact on your aquarium environments and inhabitants. 3) Either remove botanical materials as they break...

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First foods, revisited...

November 12, 2018

It's funny in the hobby how that the more things change, the more they often seem to simply be evolutions from older practices. For example, the rearing of fish. It all starts with food, right? For pretty much as long as anyone caudal remember in the hobby, we've cultured living organisms to feed our fry after hatching. And, if you've been in the hobby more than a few years, you've likely heard of this valuable, easy-to-culture live food called "Infusoria." Remember that word? It's one of those aquarium world "catch-alls"; a sort of "throwback", if you will, from a "gentler, kinder era" in aquaristics. A time when under gravel filters, freeze-dried foods, and airmail of tropical fishes from Florida to your...

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